Two research proposals were submitted in September for the new research programme Science4Arts, sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
The proposal submitted by Chief Conservator Petria Noble and Professor Joris Dik of Delft University of Technology and other partners, ‘ReVisualizing late REMBRANDT : Developing and Applying New Imaging Techniques’ (ReVisRembrandt), focuses on the development of new, non-destructive research methods (XRF imaging, XRD imaging and infrared reflectance imaging spectroscopy), which make it possible to look through the paint layers of master- pieces. This proposal focuses particularly on the late work of Rembrandt.
The second proposal, ‘PAint : Changing paint and the consequences for conservation, presentation and preservation from Van Eyck to Mondriaan’, submitted by conservation scientist Annelies van Loon in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and other partners, focuses on chemical processes that cause changes in oil paintings, and explores the ways in which conservators can best prevent the condition of paintings deteriorating any further. Earlier research conducted by the Mauritshuis constituted the point of departure for this project.